Derby is a lovely place to visit and has plenty of history to explore. Derby has some pet friendly hotels and there are plenty of parks for you and your best friend to enjoy dog walking in and around Derby.
There are picturesque country parks and lots of open green spaces. Some areas even have parks, nature reserves and playgrounds so lots to keep the whole family entertained. Many parks have rules about when to keep dogs on lead so be mindful of these when visiting and don’t forget to take a drink for your best friend!
Poppy Wood is one of the best places for dog walks in Derby. With plenty of trails and lots of dog friendly grassy woodland, you will be sure of a great dog friendly walk. There are some enclosed areas for off lead fun for your dog.
There are also picnic tables dotted around so you can always enjoy a picnic with your best furry friend.
Elvaston Castle Country Park
Elvaston Castle Country Park is a dog friendly site, but they do ask that dogs are kept on leads in central courtyard areas. There are some dog tie up points near the information centre and in the courtyard if needed. The park is free to enter however there is a charge to park your car. Elvaston Castle Country Park is in walking distance of Alvaston and Borrowash.
Being close to the centre of Derby, Marketon Park offers lots of open spaces, paths and areas to explore with your dog. As with other parks, please be mindful of letting your dog off lead if they like to chase wildlife.
There are also lots of childrens play areas at the park but dogs aren’t allowed in these areas. Marketon Park is very popular when the weather is nice, so bear that in mind when planning your visit.
This a great starting place to access the canal paths for some lovely walks with your dog. There are also some planned circular walks listed on their website. After your walk, there are plenty of places to eat and drink along the marina. Added bonus!
Darley Park is a very beautiful park and it is situated within walking distance of Derby City Centre. The park includes some nice open spaces for your dog to have chance for a good run and play. The park also hosts access to the River Derwent if your dog loves a dip in the water.
A lovely spot to take your dog for some exercise, plenty of open space and there is even a stream for your dog to have a splash around in, great for those warm summer days.
Lots of lovely paths here to explore with your dog, you can even have a walk on the sandy “beach” areas. Dogs must be kept on a lead here so bear that in mind if your dog loves off lead play.
It can get crowded here on sunny days, so best to go early if you can. There is a small shop selling drinks and ice creams too.
This trail is about 20km long and takes in some spectacular scenery along the way. Being an old railway track, this route is great for those needing a nice flat walk. The trail is popular with horses and cyclists so best to keep your dog on their lead.
Plus this trail is near Bakewell with all its lovely charm and tasty cakes from the local bakeries.
Allestree Park is the largest open space on Derby so lots of space for your dog to have a great time. Parking is free here too so an added bonus if it isn’t within walking distance.